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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see The Royal Opera's La traviata

Tell us your favourite example of opera in film for the chance to win.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

18 May 2015 at 5.41pm | 156 Comments

This competition is now closed - thank you to all those who entered.

The Shawshank RedemptionThe Fifth Element, Apocalypse Now - film directors have long turned to opera to soundtrack moments of heightened emotion.

To celebrate the return of The Royal Opera's La traviata — which reached the Cineplex long before the ROH Cinema Season existed in a scene from Pretty Woman — we're offering a pair of tickets to see the production on Monday 25 May 2015.

To enter, simply tell us your favourite example of opera in film and why you love it. You can enter by commenting below, or by tweeting with #OperaFilmComp. Our favourite answer will win the tickets.

Good luck!

Terms and conditions: The competition prize is two tickets to La traviata on 25 May 2015 (evening performance). Closing date for entry is midday on 22 May 2015. The winner will be notified on 22 May 2015 and the ROH's decision is final. The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for another date. The prize constitutes only the tickets. Travel costs, refreshments or any other costs will not be covered. This prize draw is only open to residents of the UK can only be entered by commenting via the ROH website or tweeting with the hashtag #OperaFilmComp. 

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

18 May 2015 at 5.41pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged

This article has 156 comments

  1. Nicola Garcia responded on 18 May 2015 at 11:57pm Reply

    Madama Butterfly un bel di vedremo in Fatal Attraction. How love of a man can drive a woman mad. A perfect piece of music to fit this psycho movie.

    • Davide responded on 22 May 2015 at 11:41am

      In “Mildred Pierce,” the Bellini aria “Casta diva” from “Norma,” an invocation to the Goddess by a supposedly virginal Druid priestess, accompanies the scene in which Mildred kisses her sleeping daughter on the lips as the song implores “spread on Earth that peace which you make reign in heaven.”
      Mildred is victim of the depression, a venal American housewife who didn't know she was using men, but imagined herself quite noble. But Mildred is not merely venal, and if she is never noble, she is often admirable: determined, strong, and self-reliant, she is independent enough to dispense with the approval of everyone except her beloved daughters. She is a devoted mother, but she loves Veda in an unnatural, a little unhealthy way. It didn't occur to her that she was acting less like a mother than like a lover who has unexpectedly discovered an act of faithlessness, and avenged it. Mildred is vulgar and tasteless, sexy but never beautiful; by the end she's also fat and a bit of a drunk. Mildred is a victim of the treachery of those she loves; but she chooses to love them, and is also brought low by her own snobbery, cupidity and selfishness. She is proudly defiant about her own social origins, rejecting Veda's pretension and furious at Monty for treating her as a servant but she also aspires to wealth and has nebulous dreams of "greatness" for her daughter.

  2. Kyle Lam responded on 18 May 2015 at 11:59pm Reply

    For me, the opening credits to Raging Bull set to Mascagni's Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana has to be the winner. Despite it being such a favourite on Classic FM, it is simply divine and not at all what one would expect from a De Niro boxing movie. To me, watching de Niro stride around the ring to this music is almost a calm before the storm.

    I am a 21 year old student and having only recently realised the fantastic opportunities that the Opera House offers, am relatively new to opera. However, Mascagni's Intermezzo has always been one of my favourite pieces and always brings a smile to my face. The beauty of the piece coupled with the stark contrast between the graceful first minutes of the film and the rest of the film makes this a hands-down winner for me! I'm delighted that it's coming to the the ROH this Autumn and would love to see it (should the student budget allow it!)

  3. James Ellis responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:39am Reply

    Umbert Giordano's aria "La mamma morta" in Philadelphia, is by far one of the saddest and most moving moments in cinema to use an extract of an opera.

    As atom Hanks lingers around his flat, drip in hand from AIDs, we are taken aback baby his acting and the great saddness of the whole scene.

    Remarkable...

  4. Rowan responded on 19 May 2015 at 9:48am Reply

    Movie: Disney's Fantasia
    Piece: Dance of the Hours
    Opera: Ponchielli's La Gioconda

    • Rowan responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:54am

      The reason I love this combination of music and film is because it has inspired generations and instilled a love of classical music and, by extension Ponchielli's opera, in many young hearts. I remember watching Fantasia as a child and being enthralled by the dancing hippos, ostriches, elephants and alligators and the humour expressed through the fantastic and fun animation. The extraordinary music - from the opera's third act - beautifully creates the narrative and powerfully expresses a range of emotions in this journey through the hours of the day.

  5. Nina Battleday responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:01am Reply

    What about Prizzi' s Honour with its' clever and rather wicked use of Verdi and Puccini?

  6. Jessica Hao responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:12am Reply

    My favourite moment must be 'Life is Beautiful', which features Offenbach's Barcarolle from Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The piece first features when Guido, the protagonist, follows the object of his affections to the opera to woo her, and is used to great effect when he hears the piece again wistfully in a concentration camp after they have been separated.

  7. Cecilia Rivers responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:16am Reply

    The Fifth Element and the alien diva singing Lucia. I believe some of it was in fact shot at the ROH. The look of wonderment on Bruce Willis at hearing such a sublime soind was priceless

  8. Simon Ridgeston responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:20am Reply

    Sempre Libera from La Traviata as used in Priscila Queen of the Desert

  9. Sam responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:24am Reply

    For me, as a child, the first contact i ever had with any opera was in Pretty Woman - cheesy I know! What appealed was the audience's reaction; the opera was powerful, thought provoking and unbelievably emotionally charged . Since then I have had a strong interest and used to often steal my grandparents vinyls as a result! I have never been to a live performance myself yet - it is so expensive and I cant afford those prices, So I would LOVE to see this particular performance as it would be the opera that sparked my interest and would be a wonderful experience and opportunity to see.... Please pick me!! x

  10. Paul Loftus responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:41am Reply

    the intermezzo from cav. rusticana in godfather 3.

  11. Natalia Bolek responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:43am Reply

    Gusieppe Verdi's La Traviata in 'Pretty Woman'. First of all, this is perfect combination the both are the stories about prostitute. Its a perfect anecdote when Richard Gear takes Julie Roberts to the Opera for the story about the person who had lead the same life as she did in the film. Fortunately for Vivian (Julia Roberts), her story had lucky finished as far we know:) Secondly, On that scene Richard Gere tells that If you see the Opera for first time you either fall in love, or you hate it. You make like it afterwords but you will never love it as much as you would fall from first time. The same told me my father when he took me for Madama Buterflly. I fallen in love that day and I love it more and more whenever I explore some new stories but my favorite is La Traviata, and I know it by heart. I even started the Italian lessons to try to learn the lyrics but my teacher told me that I would never understand 100% of it as she would neither. The language is too old. Any way...At least I tried:)

  12. Peter Frankland responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:49am Reply

    Bugs Bunny in "What's Opera Doc"still makes me laugh. Bugs is in drag as Valkyrie Brünnhilde chased by Elmer rather cleverly intertwined into Wagner's scores. The Ring Cycle in five minutes. "Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!

  13. James responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:02pm Reply

    The end of Act II of 'Eugene Onegin' in 'The Talented Mr Ripley' is a perfect example of Anthony Minghella's exemplary use of diegetic music (in a film steeped in musical characterisation and contrast). The scene perfectly mirrors Ripley's inner turmoil, as well as his shedding of Dickie Greenleaf's world (the opera comes in stark contrast to the jazz-heavy soundtrack prior to this point). The opera itself is staged beautifully - red silk soaking the stage with blood as a light snow falls. Add Matt Damon's subtle response (yes, given the chance he can REALLY act), with that thrilling tracking shot into his theatre box as the music crescendos, and you've got opera woven into a truly cinematic moment.

  14. Isla Cosgrove responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:04pm Reply

    Soave sia il vento from Cosi, used in Sunday Bloody Sunday. Just the most beautiful aria ever, used repeatedly throughout to great effect, reflecting the themes of the film.

  15. Sophie Clara responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:11pm Reply

    It has to be A Night at the Opera! I spent my childhood believing Il trovatore was a comic opera because of the Marx Brothers' escapades, little did I know. And I'm still always surprised when the Act 1 Overture doesn't descend into 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game', not that I'm giving anyone any ideas...

  16. Cristina de Lama responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:32pm Reply

    Gérard Corbiau's 1988 movie "Le maître de musique" (The music teacher). Everything about it, everything in it. The world of teaching and opera competitions. So lovely and tasteful. What an ending!

  17. Cathy Hunting responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:35pm Reply

    Pretty Woman and LA Traviata. A synonym in both, of such elegance,meaning, emotion and differences.

  18. Citizen Kane. Kane promotes his under-talented wife as an Opera Star. Satire, but with a serious point to make. To perform at the highest level requires sublime talent. She doesn't have it !

  19. Madeleine Sexton responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

    I always love to see films embrace the power of great opera. A favourite instance of mine is Mozart's canzonetta sull'aria from Le Nozze di Figaro in Shawshank Redemption- when he locks the door and plays the duet over the loud speaker for all the prisoners to hear. 'It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab cage and made those walls dissolve away. And for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free'.

  20. Clayre responded on 19 May 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

    La Boheme in Moonstruck ~ so emotional. I thought that Cher captured the feeling of being totally swept away by live performance perfectly.

  21. Timothy Holden responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:04pm Reply

    I'd give the tickets to Kyle Lam for his Cavalleria Rusticana and Raging Bull, a deeply revealing combination.

    For me, I'd say Tristan and Buñuel and Dalí's "Un Chien Andalou". Such music usually overpowers everything else but here the imagery is itself so extraordinary and so apparently unrelated that the two work wonderfully together to illuminate and enhance both stories.

  22. Michalina G responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:09pm Reply

    It’s actually quite difficult to choose only one favourite example of opera in movies as usually those fragments are very emotional and moving. I decided though to choose a scene from Shawshank Redemption movie. It etched into my memory for good! It’s a scene when main character Andy locks himself in warden’s office and broadcasts over the radio a piece of Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to all the prisoners. Everyone seems to be taken aback. The best part is at the end of the scene when Andy turns up the volume and smiles at enraged wardens. Spectators can actually feel how proud and pleased he is. It’s amazing how opera music has changed prisoners’ ordinary day into something special. Stunning and moving moment of a great film!

  23. Coppelia responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:12pm Reply

    As an avid James Bond and Puccini fan, I love love LOVED the Quantum Of Solace’s opera scene - perhaps one of my favourite musical moments in film! A genuinely virtuoso sequence, the music fits perfectly over the top of the chase sequence, intercut with the Tosca opera scenes, ending in a crescendo of Craig dropping a bodyguard off the roof of the opera house. A bit like Tosca herself as she ended up battling murderers and torturers, too! Licenced to thrill :D

  24. Elizabeth Heavey Brierley responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:13pm Reply

    Tristan and Isolde by Wagner when used in Melancholia. It perfectly expresses the drama and emotion and beautiful cinematography of this film.

  25. Rachel Wood responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:15pm Reply

    One of my absolute favourites has to be the film Topsy Turvy, directed by Mike Leigh. It shows a number of wonderful extracts from Gilbert and Sullivan shows, but you also get the joy of seeing what goes on back stage: the lives of the performers themselves, as well the composer and lyricist. It all comes together as a brilliant, fascinating, hilarious and touching film. I think that Gilbert and Sullivan operas are often overlooked, and deserve the recognition they deserve.

  26. Tony McAllister responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:37pm Reply

    It has to be the heartbreaking death scene of Sean Connery's Malone in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. He's murdered by a Hitman.
    De Palma cuts to De Niro's Al Capone who is at the Opera enjoying a performance of Pagliacci. The Hitman whispers to him that the deed is done and both De Niro and the clown onstage begin to cry.....
    The aria Vesti La Giabba plays over the whole scene.

    • Viv Hannides responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:40am

      I had forgotten about this, thanks for the reminder, yes a great scene.

  27. Harry Percival responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:42pm Reply

    Special mention for comedy, and nicely sending up the ridiculous side of opera: the scene in "Les Intouchables", where Omar the poor kid from the banlieue accompanies his rich boss to the opera, and just can't stop lauging with incredulity at the fact that there's a tree singing at him, in German:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua0sLIsGKHI

  28. Peter Spence responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:44pm Reply

    For me it has to be in the movie Phildelphia with La Mamma Morta from Andrea Chenier sung by Maria Callas. The movie is very tragic and this adds to the tragedy but at the same time is very beautiful and moving. Has me in tears every time.

  29. Dmitry Bychkov responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:54pm Reply

    Duet song:"Barcarolle"
    Opera:"Les Contes d'Hoffmann" by Offenbach
    Film:"La Vita e Bella" ("Life is Beautiful")

  30. kate barlow responded on 19 May 2015 at 1:54pm Reply

    Vide cor Meum from Hannibal. Such a beautiful song contrasting with the horrors of the film.

  31. Syanne Helly responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:02pm Reply

    Phantom of the Opera in Phantom of the Opera :)

  32. Heather Turnbull responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:06pm Reply

    I fell in love with opera when American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez sang the aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" ("Well, then? I'll go far away,") from act 1 of La Wally by Catalani in Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 movie Diva. It's sublime. Check it out on DVD if you've never seen it. It's heart-stoppingly beautiful.

  33. Richard Franklin responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:12pm Reply

    Surely it has to be the brilliant and moving ending of The Godfather III when many of the themes of the whole series are brought together with the use of Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. The opera parallels the plot of the film in many ways and the final tragic denouenement is intensified by the Intermezzo from that great opera. It is much the best part of the film

  34. Mary-Jane O'Neill responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:16pm Reply

    The film Philadelphia when the operatic scenes are used to convey the emotion, love and sadness also associated with the story line regarding the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. It makes me cry every time.

  35. Trish Morris responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:26pm Reply

    Gallipoli is the story of a group of young Australians during the First World War. It is about two friends in particlular who enlist to fight and die together in the battle of Gallipoli. Au Fond Du Temple Saint is a duet in which two men swear to be friends until death. This duet is so beautiful, and so fitting for this film. It is one of my favourite duets and so epitomises the beauty of the male voice. I particularly enjoy Placido Domingo and Rolando Villazon performing this duet.

  36. Amy Ouyang responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:41pm Reply

    The Barcarolle scenes in La Vita e Bella - it's been years since I watched this film but I can never forget the moving scene where the man plays Offenbach's Barcarolle on the gramophone to convey his love for his wife on the other side of the concentration camp; using the music to communicate because he cannot be at her side - it's heartrending because the audience recognises it's the same opera music played earlier on in the film when Guido follows Dora, who was not his wife at the time, to the opera in an attempt get her attention. Life is Beautiful - a truly incredible film.

  37. MS responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:42pm Reply

    Il dolce suono from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti at 'Fifth element' by Luce Besson is sang by Diva Plavalaguna. This soft soprano shows the power of the Opera. The story line of film is based at XXIII and it shows the Opera as elegance and sophisticated piece of art even it come from XVI/XVI. It show as that it will last forever.

  38. Ljiljana Hayward responded on 19 May 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    La Wally, "Ebben? Ne andro lantana?" From the beautiful French film Diva!

  39. Viv Hannides responded on 19 May 2015 at 3:06pm Reply

    Perhaps not the most poignant use of opera in a film, but I remember in the early 80's a film with Glenda Jackson and Walter Matthau, called Hopscotch, in which Matthau drives though Switzerland (?) singing along to 'Largo al factotum'. Something about it captured my attention and not knowing any better, I decided to go and see WNO 's Marriage of Figaro when it came to my local theatre. Although I really enjoyed my first opera, I was rather disappointed not to hear the 'Figaro' aria! Although I can't remember how, I finally realised my mistake and bought myself a ticket to see Il Barbiere di Siviglia at ROH. Such a memorable experience with the lovely Thomas Allen as Figaro, it was the start of 30 years of operatic love.

  40. Agata responded on 19 May 2015 at 3:14pm Reply

    One of the favorites: Un bel dì Vedremo from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in L’immortel (also known as 22 bullets), L’immortel tells the story of an older man, Charly Matteï, who claims to have quit the mafia in Marseille, France. He has a family and lives in peace, but is suddenly shot in a serious hit. Charly is shot 22 times but, amazingly, survives. After the hit and recovery, the scarred ex-mafioso is thirsty for a bloody revenge. This intense, action-packed and bloody thriller is packed with most beautiful aria’s from La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and Rigoletto. A must see!

  41. Adele Raynsford responded on 19 May 2015 at 3:33pm Reply

    not strictly a film.... But my favourite use of opera is on the Bugs Bunny cartoon 'What's Opera, Doc?' With Elmer Fudd as Siegfried and Bugs Bunny as.. Eeermmmmm... Brünnhilde. Magic!!!

  42. One of the most romantic uses of opera is in Moonstruck.Ronny (Nicholas Cage) promises Loretta( Cher) he won't try and see her again if she goes to the opera with him once. They go to La Boheme and it brings Loretta to tears. In an unspoken promise their hands touch and eyes meet against a backdrop of Donde lieta usci. Loretta's heart melts as do ours!

  43. Les Magee responded on 19 May 2015 at 3:46pm Reply

    It has to the Zeffirelli adaptation of La traviata. So many fabulously opulent settings from the opening party scene, where party goers steal a few trinkets, through to the Spanish dances and the love scene in the French country mansion , all culminating in the sad death scene with all its hopelessness! I loved Domingo in this movie!
    I also Studied La Traviata in depth as part of my BA(Mus) degree. I have seen several versions of it on stage but have yet to see in in ROH, which I know would not disappoint! :-)

  44. Lorraine Davis responded on 19 May 2015 at 3:51pm Reply

    It has to be Maria Callas singing Vise d'arte (not an Italian speaker so spelling is wrong I am sure). I have seen it on You Tube and it is marvellous. Even if I did not know what she was singing about I would cry.

  45. Florence Wilson responded on 19 May 2015 at 3:52pm Reply

    This is probably a bit abstract, but growing up I always loved the opening scene to Mrs Doubtfire with Robin Williams singing Largo al Factotum, Figaro's aria from The Barber of Seville.Very funny and a wonderful example of Opera being used in a light hearted comedy that was such a fun way to make Opera accessible to a younger audience, it definitely stuck with me and kick-started my acceptance (and eventually love) for Opera at a very young age.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChHvK9z96cE

  46. My favourite magical moment in film using opera: In Silence of the Lambs, as Clarice looks around Bimmel's bedroom, the music box tune is from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. The same tune in fact (also from a music box!) that releases the heroine from the villain's clutches in the Opera! Poignant synergy and ominous beauty.

  47. Patricia Pagliara responded on 19 May 2015 at 5:03pm Reply

    Moonstruck Opera Scene (La Boheme) Cher and Nicholas Cage

  48. I think TOPSY TURVY is a brilliant blend of opera, musical, and melodrama. As it is not technically an adaptation of any one opera! Instead it offers a chance to look literally behind the curtain and bask in the glow of what operatic life is imagined through. Mike Leigh clearly knows what he is doing.

  49. John Sharp responded on 19 May 2015 at 5:41pm Reply

    The use of Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly in Adrian Lyne's 'Fatal Attraction' is quite unsettling, not to say disturbing - particularly the wrist-slashing scene.

    Totally memorable and a great example of music being used to parallel the subtext of the storyline.

    Maurice Jarre's original score also quotes, discreetly, from Puccini in several places.

    An unforgettable and intelligent marrying of film and music.

  50. Alexandra responded on 19 May 2015 at 6:45pm Reply

    Wagner'sTannhaüser in"Meeting Venus". If proof was ever needed that Wagner can be absolutely spine-tingling, THIS is it. Utterly, utterly gorgeous. Extraordinarily so.

  51. Kathleen responded on 19 May 2015 at 7:26pm Reply

    The first moment I was introduced to Opera in film was in the opening scene of a childhood favourite of mine, and a classic movie, Mrs Doubtfire. Robin Williams (playing the role of Daniel) comically sings 'Largo al factotum' otherwise known as the 'Figaro' song from The Barber of Seville. He sings this while imitating the little bird in the narration, and does all 3 voices for the characters in the animation as well. I didn't know much about Opera at all back then, but that song always remained in my memory because of that movie, and now I am graduating as a classical soprano singer!

  52. Pauline responded on 19 May 2015 at 7:45pm Reply

    Mozart conducting Die Zauberflote in Amadeus - my favourite moment of my favourite opera in my favourite film!

  53. Laura Balica responded on 19 May 2015 at 7:46pm Reply

    Opera brings so much to a movie. Absolute sadness like "La mamma morta" in Philadelphia, candid joy like "O mio babbino caro" in Mr Bean's Holiday, or hope and pure love like the amazing Offenbach's "Belle nuit o nuit d'amour" in "La vita e bella".
    Very intelligent representation of famous arias in the series "Opera imaginaire". This is how I made my son fall in love with opera at the age of 5.

  54. Mel Smith responded on 19 May 2015 at 7:54pm Reply

    Juliette's aria from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, sung with glass shattering high notes by Bianca Castafiore in the Adventures of Tintin...my son was watching it on DVD one day and called me in, very excited to tell me: "Mummy, Mummy, there's an opera in Tintin...I paused it 'specially 'cos I know you love opera. It's your favourite!" :-)

  55. Barbara Heyda responded on 19 May 2015 at 7:54pm Reply

    The Force of Destiny overture was so aptly chosen as the theme music for Jean de Florette. This film is, after all, about a man causing the death of the son he didn't know he had through implacable twists of fate.

  56. Debbie Page responded on 19 May 2015 at 7:58pm Reply

    The intermezzo from Cavalina Rusticana as used in the Godfather Trilogy (part 3 end scenes) is totally heart wrenching.
    It is played in it entirety when Michaels daughter Mary gets shot as the family come out of the opera house in Sicily after watching Anthony's debut in the opera. Michaels silent scream as the realisation that his years of mafia family ties were ultimately to blame for her death hits home and as the final chords are played the old Michael, still grieving so much he is unable to leave Sicily finally dies of a broken heart, a sad feable and probably very lonely old man....in my mind no other piece of music captivates an ending to a film so aptly.

  57. BETH responded on 19 May 2015 at 8:26pm Reply

    "Barcarolle", from "Tales of Hoffmann" (Offenbach)

    Used as a romantic symbol in the film "La Vita e Bella", directed by Roberto Benigni.

    We see it first as a staged performance whilst our main character Guido, is gazing at his love in the better class seats in the local theatre, using his own interpretation of Schopenhauer method to "will her to look down at him"

    It is then later used as tragic events unfold and they are both separated in a Nazi concentration camp and are unable to see each other. Guido has managed to play a recording of the same duet on a found gramophone and blast outside- she hears it and knows it is him reminding her that he is still alive and indeed still loves her. Romance never dies!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kQQiaa4nt8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EIOa-c_1IU

  58. Sam responded on 19 May 2015 at 8:36pm Reply

    Got to be Fatal Attraction and Un Bel di Vedremo from Madama Butterfly... awesome :)

  59. Beau Lee responded on 19 May 2015 at 9:45pm Reply

    La Bohem throughout "Moonstruck"!

  60. Teresa Guerreiro responded on 19 May 2015 at 9:56pm Reply

    Zeffirelli's film of La Traviata with Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo is the definitive version never bettered. Musically outstanding, the filmic treatment is close to perfection. Utterly engaging, it's emotional without ever resorting to mawkishness.

  61. Jane Dickinson responded on 19 May 2015 at 9:57pm Reply

    My absolute favourite opera is Verdi - Don Carlos. Whilst I have always loved opera this was not an opera I knew until watching an episode of Star Trek Voyager where the Doctor sings the duet "Dio, che nell'alma infondere" from Don Carlos with a hologram of himself. I have loved the opera ever since!

  62. Sas responded on 19 May 2015 at 10:44pm Reply

    The opening credits of "Trading Places" cleverly featuring the Overture from "Le Nozze di Figaro".

  63. Ausrine responded on 19 May 2015 at 10:51pm Reply

    The film "Match Point". Rarely the whole soundtrack is opera arias, sung by Enrico Caruso. Also there are scenes at the Royal Opera House and scenes from La Traviata!!!

  64. Michael Noel responded on 19 May 2015 at 10:53pm Reply

    The Fifth Element made Opera cool. The Aria was exquisite.

  65. It's got to be the scene in 'A Room with a View', where there is the most romantic, sweeping, spontaneous kiss in the middle of an Italian poppy field accompanied and enhanced by Puccini's beautiful 'Che il bel songo di Doretta' from 'La Rondine'. The music reaches its dramatic climax just as the heroine is swept into the passionate embrace. What could be more sublime and romantic? As Eleanor Lavish (Judy Dench) remarks, "I have a theory that there is something in the Italian landscape which inclines even the most stolid nature to romance." I believe the same can be said of Italian opera.

    http://youtu.be/J-gFsXfbF08

    • BJ responded on 21 May 2015 at 10:02pm

      I didn't notice this before I posted something similar. You've got it spot on - the music enhances the film and the film is in tune - pun intended - with the music. The discovery of a new piece of music is always a treat. I still don't think it is as well known as it should be.

      Interesting that we both hunted it out on YouTube - it really shows how the sound and image are important to us. Good call Louise, you beat me to it.

  66. Jane Rees responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:42pm Reply

    Carmina Burana in John Borman's Excalibur

  67. Ana Holden-Peters responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:45pm Reply

    I first watched this film aged 18 at an Italian language school in Sienna. I will never forget this scene, this film, that place, or the first time I fell in love with opera!

    Film: Life is Beautiful
    Piece: Barcarolle
    Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Offenbach

  68. Edwin Gruber responded on 19 May 2015 at 11:49pm Reply

    The poignant fate motive from Verdi's La forza del destino perfectly highlights the tragedy that is to unfold in Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, two of the greatest films ever to be made in France. As in Verdi's opera, there is no escaping fateful tragedy as long as protagonists cling to the notion of revenge and hatred, as long as wisdom is hidden. Both the opera and the film give a clear message:
    Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.

  69. Naveed Siddiqui responded on 20 May 2015 at 4:40am Reply

    No Cinema opera scene is more romantic than the guest starring of La Bohemé in Moonstruck (1985 Cher and Nicolas Cage).

    The imagination the passion and the ferver with which La Bohemé is integrated is something one cannot separate from the movie. The opera was very much a character of the movie, it's the reason why I went to see it!

  70. chahrazed Chouit responded on 20 May 2015 at 7:23am Reply

    For me Carmen is one of the best ever opera made as a movie in 1984.
    The director is franceso Rossi and the admirable Julia migenes, the American mezzo soprano, played it so well.
    Along with with the famous don Jose and placido Domingo.

  71. Jo responded on 20 May 2015 at 8:22am Reply

    The use of Puccini's 'The Humming Chorus' at the end of 'Heavenly Creatures'. It makes a murder scene which could have been complete horror strangely beautiful, capturing the mutual understanding of the two girls and the intensity of their friendship. The build up to the final moment of madness is transformed into a calm and reflective scene through the brilliant choice of this music.

  72. Estefania responded on 20 May 2015 at 8:32am Reply

    2001: A Space Odyssey. A masterpiece which resurrected many classical pieces. The beautiful Blue Danube by Strauss is one of my favourite ❤️

  73. Jackie Southern responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:04am Reply

    The Fifth Element - vocal range was outstanding and a very moving moment in the film which makes you hold your breath.

  74. Kevin responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:13am Reply

    Madame Butterfly wins by far.
    It takes you to a place of emotions that you have never been before.

  75. ed Barradell responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:27am Reply

    I enjoyed the film First Night with Sarah Brightman and Richard E Grant with music from Mozart Cosi fan Tutte, especially the scene when they performed Soave Sia il Venton.

  76. Rachel Gibson responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:56am Reply

    My favorite opera scene in a film is from Pretty Woman. The handsome, cultured business man, Edward (played by Richard Gere) takes Vivian (Julia Roberts) a prostitute he has hired for the week, to see La Triviata. Vivian loves the opera and is moved to tears. When a lady asks her what she thought she replies " I liked it so much I nearly peed my pants". Edward steps in and says to the confused looking lady " she said she likes it more than Pirates if Penzance".

  77. Alexanna Cain responded on 20 May 2015 at 11:02am Reply

    There are so many but for me it has to be the film 'Margaret' where, after witnessing the 'provocative and sprawling neurotic nightmare of urban catastrophe' (guardian review), we (and the lead characters) are stirred to our very bones and left sobbing by the discovery of something infinitely more profound, truthful and beautiful in the form of a glistening performance of "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour" in its final scene. This film did not gain the recognition it deserves but is, in my opinion, a masterpiece.

  78. Elizabeth responded on 20 May 2015 at 1:06pm Reply

    When Robin Williams sings Figaro in the opening of Mrs Doubtfire. He is playing an actor doing a voice over role for a cartoon and performs the song brilliantly. It's fun, light-hearted, a wonderfully comedic opening number.

  79. Ana responded on 20 May 2015 at 1:52pm Reply

    The Fifth Element - Il Dolce Suono from Lucia de Lammermoor

    To me, it epitomises the universal language of music, how a beautiful aria or piece of music, transcends countries, races, wars (even planets or universes for that matter) to unite everyone.

  80. Anna responded on 20 May 2015 at 1:55pm Reply

    My favourite example of opera in film is in “No Reservation” (2007). Throughout the whole film there are many opera’s arias, but my favourite part is when the two main characters cook and eat Italian food and cheer on the notes of “Libiamo né lieti calici” from la Traviata, singed by Carlo Bergonzi and Joan Sutherland. The aria itself is one of my favourites as it is a true celebration of life and love and every time I listen to it, it touches my heart. That scene reminds me of my culture and my family where cooking together and enjoying a glass of good wine while listening to opera music is a way to share quality family time and enjoying the pleasures of life.

  81. Catherine Salmon responded on 20 May 2015 at 2:33pm Reply

    “Fitzcarraldo” has been cemented into my soul and brain ever since the day I watched this wonderful, and magical movie.
    Not only the story, the costumes, the location make the ensemble memorable, but the music attached to it make this film “Grandiose”.
    It does not really matter if the music is from Mozart, Gluck or Beethoven .. as long as it makes one dream..
    “Fitzcarraldo” is exactly what it is all about..
    Having a dream and making it happen..
    So wish I could write an Opera and make people dream..

  82. Caroline responded on 20 May 2015 at 2:35pm Reply

    Every time I watch Werner Herzog's 'Fitzcarraldo' (1982), I am mesmerized by his use of the operatic soundtrack. He incorporates excerpts of Puccini's 'La boheme' and Leoncavallo's 'Pagliacci', among several other operas. The thrilling sounds of soaring opera over the panoramas of hazy rainforest are unforgettable. The combination represents so poignantly art, action, and the dramatic, diverse spectrum of human experience.

  83. John McFarlane responded on 20 May 2015 at 2:47pm Reply

    Menotti's 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'.
    Of course, this was written for television, so it works well on the screen. I also have an extra soft spot for the work; very happy memories of being in a school production "a many years ago (when I was young and charming)..."

  84. Georgie Gulliver responded on 20 May 2015 at 4:09pm Reply

    The clip from Bellini's 'I Puritani' in the film 'The Young Victoria'. I love that it is historically correct that Victoria is watching this particular opera (her favourite) and it really adds drama to the point in the script. It is also very effective how they have woven Bellini's writing into the film score.

  85. Joanna Lennon responded on 20 May 2015 at 4:39pm Reply

    Sousa's Liberty Bell for Monthy Python was a stroke of genius.As was the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in Death in Venice.

  86. steve Rowe responded on 20 May 2015 at 5:17pm Reply

    For me one of the most impressive and emotionally charged works of opera in a movie is "Vesti la giubba" aria from opera "Pagliacci" Performed by Mario Del Monaco in the film The Untouchables. This reminds me so of Maestro Pavarotti. One of the best scenes in the film.

  87. Melissa Saunders responded on 20 May 2015 at 6:03pm Reply

    Un Bel di Vedremo from Madama Butterfly in Fatal Attraction- beautiful and communicates the moment better than anything else could ever do!

  88. Mary Newbold responded on 20 May 2015 at 6:32pm Reply

    Léo Delibes Lakmé in Meet The Parents, just because it's beautiful...

  89. Sasha responded on 20 May 2015 at 7:14pm Reply

    It will have to be 'Ride of the Valkyries'/Helicopter scene in "Apocalypse Now". The scene is absolutely haunting and violent, with the beautiful and juxtaposing brass and strings.
    The part when the "Aah"ing comes in always gives me goosebumps.

  90. Sarah Marshall responded on 20 May 2015 at 8:33pm Reply

    My favourite example of Opera in film is ......

    MRS DOUBTFIRE - barbiere di siviglia

  91. Anna Cassar responded on 20 May 2015 at 8:58pm Reply

    Just now, on BBC2, Chelsea Flower Show, Rachel de Thame's report on British cut flowers was accompanied by Casta Diva. I thought, is the director trying to tell us something? Somewhat puzzled.

  92. STELLA NOBLE responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:01pm Reply

    Pagliacci-On with the motley( vesti la giubba).
    In the classic gangster movie The Untouchables, this aria even made Al Capone cry!

  93. Sandra Meunier responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:03pm Reply

    Nozze di Figaro in Shawshank Redemption. I had never seen an opera, yet I could relate to the intense feeling of freedom they felt hearing it and how beautiful their reaction was. And that is when I decided I would definitely attend an opera one day. I still have goosebumps everytime I hear it .

  94. Muire McCallion responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:05pm Reply

    Tom Hanks' monologue in Philadelphia with A Mamma Morta in the background - spine tingling!

  95. Emma responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:13pm Reply

    Pretty Woman. Both beautiful and funny!

  96. BJ responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:17pm Reply

    For me it has to be 'Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta' from 'La Rondine' used in 'A Room With A View'. It also has 'Mio babbino caro' which is lovely but a bit obvious, but this aria - which was new to me at the time - starting so gently and then goes into that incredible yearning before hitting a dramatic finale. The music matches the action brilliantly, leading up to the kiss.

    It's Kiri te Kanawa, of course - and on top form.

    I didn't get to see the full opera until Opera North's production in the early 1990s (Helen Field as Magda, I think), where it won me over again. Less obviously tragic than 'Bohème' or 'Traviata', the downbeat, low-key ending really pulls at the heartstrings.

    The aria is about the confusion of young love, so is the film - and Italy looks so beguiling. And, of course, Italy. Even now, the aria hits the spot every time I hear it - and it's all because of the Merchant Ivory film.

    https://youtu.be/J-gFsXfbF08?t=40s

  97. Amanda Richardson responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

    Long before the 3 tenors and the over exposure of nessun dorma I remember being mesmerized by the scene in the Deer Hunter when the journalist back in his place of safety is reflecting on his friend who was left behind. It made me weep then and I was quite disappointed when the aria was ( in my opinion ) sacrificed on the altar of popular culture!

  98. Faye Courtney responded on 20 May 2015 at 9:27pm Reply

    Has to be the Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana as Al Pacino's daughter dies on the steps of the opera house in The Godfather Part 3

  99. Andrew King responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:09pm Reply

    The Parsifal Prelude at the very end of the last Inspector Morse episode as Lewis and Strange bid farewell to their dead colleague; possibly an obvious combination, but not a dry eye in the house (& yes, I know it is TV and not a film, but it’s the choice I would make)

  100. Amanda Game responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:15pm Reply

    Duettino Sull'aria from Le nozzle de Figaro in The Shawshank Redemption was a beautiful moment, it is the sound of beauty and hope soaring above the prisoners and like Red said "every last man was free" You really don't have to speak the language music like this is universal, and fabulous to boot !

  101. Teresa Brun responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:18pm Reply

    Franco Zefirelli's Traviata! Here we get two of the best singing actors in recent history, directed by one of the most acclaimed opera directors and designers ever, performing one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Zeffirelli’s obsessive quest for truth and beauty results in sets and costumes so lavish we can overlook some questionable cuts to the score and libretto. He also brings out the best in Stratas and Domingo as actors: both give richly detailed portrayals, even if they are not perfectly suited to the roles vocally.

  102. Jessica Davies responded on 20 May 2015 at 10:24pm Reply

    So many operas that I adore but my favourite moment in film would have to be the Rigoletto in QUARTET. Four singers being reunited for their passions....music and love. A beautiful moment.

  103. Elizabeth Smith responded on 20 May 2015 at 11:06pm Reply

    In the film Washington Square there is an aria called 'Tu chiami una vita' which was created around a poem for the film and it is a beautiful piece of opera. It shows how Catherine is so much in love with Maurice as they sing this together even though neither has a great voice. Right at the end of this deeply moving film there is a reprise of this piece sung by an opera singer at full strength and it is spell-binding. I keep replaying it.

  104. Matthew Yip responded on 21 May 2015 at 12:17am Reply

    Lucia in The Fifth Element! So much fun.

  105. Joe Nockles responded on 21 May 2015 at 1:06am Reply

    The use of Tristan and Isolde in Lars Von Triers' film Melancholia is astonishing. A couple of months ago I was coming out of the suffering paralysing depression of a necessary but unwelcome breakup and one night I felt that the only thing I was capable of doing was watching a slow sumptuous film and that was it. And I'd completely forgotten that the score was almost entirely comprised of some of my favourite music ever. Not only is the film amazing, but I was hugged by an old friend and a companion with whom I've shared every emotion. I adore Wagner.

  106. Samuel responded on 21 May 2015 at 7:08am Reply

    Watching Amadeus as a youngster, hearing the music and seeing the spectacle of Mozart's genius, it has stayed with me ever since, it's truly an amazing film dedicated to an amazing man..

  107. James responded on 21 May 2015 at 7:23am Reply

    For me it's got to be Atmospheres in 2001 a space odyssey!!
    Can't have a beautifully abstract film without some beautifully abstract music! And I can't even imagine how much fun that would be to sing/play!

  108. Sergio Cicalò responded on 21 May 2015 at 8:41am Reply

    "Opera" by Dario Argento. Macbeth is the cursed opera, and pretty much everyone gets killed during its run. Particularly gruesome at the "prima", when a poor FoH attendant gets stabbed at Lady's notes on "Vieni t'affretta!"... ;)

  109. Teri Welikala responded on 21 May 2015 at 9:48am Reply

    For me the most beautiful use of opera and in fact classical music to tell a story was the film Amadeus. It may be because I was very young but watching the parts with Salieri explaining Mozart's music is magical.

  110. Martyn Pendergast responded on 21 May 2015 at 9:52am Reply

    'Ebben? Ne andrò lontana' from 'La Wally' in the film 'Diva'. Not only is this beautiful aria a wonderful counterpoint to the almost comic-book violence of the film, it seems to express the diva's uncertainty and lack of confidence in producing something that is other than ephemeral.

  111. Teri Welikala responded on 21 May 2015 at 10:00am Reply

    For me the best film use of opera was in Amadeus, the film. I was very young when I saw the film so it was very formative even though I knew Mozart's music well. The way that the script is written for Salieri to explain Mozart's music is magical and It is one of my favourite films to this day. I first went to the ROH as a school girl and saw La Bohème and was enchanted. Bizarrely I saw Placido Domingo conducting the orchestra that day. I did not know who he was at the time but our music teacher explained that he was a brilliant tenor. It was either 1982 or 1983.

  112. Jonathan COULTON responded on 21 May 2015 at 10:33am Reply

    My first choice would be Sull’aria - Che soave zeffiretto from Le nozze di Figaro used in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ where it is underpinned by Morgan Freeman’s distinctive voice as voiceover stating, “I have no idea to this day what them two Italian ladies were singin' about. Truth is, I don't want to know… I like to think they were singin' about something so beautiful it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared. Higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream.” However as this has been given as an example I thought I’d share a memory of a documentary I saw years ago, the recollection of which has stayed with me to this day. ‘Tosca’s Kiss - Il bacio di Tosca’, was about the inhabitants of the Casa di Riposo per Musicisti in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by Giuseppe Verdi. There was, amongst many memorable moments, an endearing and unbelievably touching scene where the great soprano Sara Scuderi, now aged and frail, listens to a recording of her younger self singing Vissi d'arte. Sublime! This, no doubt, influenced the recent, flawed, Dustin Hoffman film, ‘Quartet’ which, for me, was really redeemed and made memorable when Dame Gwyneth Jones sang Tosca’s Act II aria.

  113. Viktor Glukhov responded on 21 May 2015 at 11:03am Reply

    I would go for the most irreverent production of ‘Pagliacci’ in Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome with Love’. Possessing a marvellous natural operatic voice, the hero can only reveal it being confined to the comfort and relaxation of his shower. The issue is ingeniously solved by staging the opera with Canio washing himself in all scenes. Wonderful Fabio Armiliato stars as a hapless singer.

  114. My favourite scene is where Maria callas sings "la mamma morta" in the movie Philadelphia.

    Watching Tom hanks as Andrew Beckett who has aids, and his love to Opera music is extremely touchy. All the ambience of the room, the acting ability of Tom Hanks brings the scene together but the way he translates his feelings with the music makes it one of the most effective movie scenes. The scene is so powerful, explaining the death and life with the music to an opera-hating person. It's probably one of the movie scenes that one can never forget and no one cannot be touched.

    I hope you would pick me for the Traviata ticket contest.
    Have a lovely day

  115. Jonny Caguioa responded on 21 May 2015 at 11:39am Reply

    Cavelleria Rusticana in the Godfather 3. Sets up the last scenes of the whole trilogy with utter drama. Adore the fact that the reason the whole family is at the opera is to see Don Corleone's only Son is escape the 'family business' to become an artist, and a fine singer he is. Set in a beautiful Italian opera house where all the dramatic final scenes are filmed from every angle of the theatre literally making it theatrical. And the final Death scene of Don Corleone's daughter on the sweeping, steep, opera house stairs with possibly one of cinemas most powerful cries, the great Al Pacino and his 'silent scream' set against the overture, cinematic genius. Love love love.

  116. Julien responded on 21 May 2015 at 11:40am Reply

    Offenbach's barcarolle in La Vita e Bella. The contrast between the beauty of the music, and the happy memories it carries, with the horror of the concentration camp, is truly heartbreaking.

  117. Philippa Walden responded on 21 May 2015 at 12:42pm Reply

    The Fifth Element - Il Dolce Suono from Lucia de Lammermoor. I love how her beautiful voice draws everyone in to start with and then there is suddenly a whole lot of violence but the lovely aria is still going on in the background to juxtapose the violence.

    I also love that Bruce Willis looks so awed by her voice when she starts singing - everyone needs to be exposed to such beautiful music at some point in their lives. I'd love to take my friend to an opera as he's never been before and La Traviata would be a great one to show him.

  118. Patricia McAllister responded on 21 May 2015 at 1:43pm Reply

    Every time I listen to Gaetano Donizetti's "Il Dulce Suono" from Lucia di Lammermoor " sung in The Fifth Element makes my senses come alive.
    The power and beauty of the human voice here always gives me hope that we can accomplish the best if we want to.
    Music, music and more MUSIC please!

  119. Dave Morgan responded on 21 May 2015 at 3:13pm Reply

    'A Night at the Opera' by The Marx Brothers

  120. Nikolay responded on 21 May 2015 at 3:28pm Reply

    1982 Franco Zeffirelli's version of La Traviata starring Placido Domingo is my favorite. Everything there is superb: music, video, singing, dance of Vasiliev and Maximova... I do like it.

  121. Elizabeth Trescher responded on 21 May 2015 at 3:35pm Reply

    I love the scene in True Romance when Dennis Hopper sits there deliberately upsetting Christopher Walken's character in a nonchalant manner because he knows he's going to kill him and the Flower Duet from Delibes' Lakme is played in the background. It gives the feeling that he has accepted his death and is at ease with it.

  122. Darren responded on 21 May 2015 at 4:04pm Reply

    I think one the best uses was the scene in Philadelphia when Tom Hanks character plays and interprets the lyrics from La Mamma Morta, bring beauty, emotion, sadness to the scene. The lyrics are used to describe the characters iminent death and the thoughts going through his mind. Amazing.

  123. Sophie Holdaway responded on 21 May 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

    I think the use of Mascagni's Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana sets the tone perfectly for Raging Bull. A man so preoccupied with image and ego, tortured with anger and rage that he lost the woman he loved. I think the strings of the piece pick out so well the sadness and loneliness of this man and his story with love. He lost it all.

  124. Louise Davies responded on 21 May 2015 at 4:47pm Reply

    Whilst I agree that the Mozart aria in the Shawshank Redemption is an emotional highlight in the film - one where you feel Andy fighting back at teh system with no regrets and for the benefit of all the inmates, the best use of opera on film for me has to be throughout "Amadeus". By using the most skilled musicians of the time in Mozart's music the bar was set really high. This quality gave people with no knowledge of opera a magnificent introduction to the art form and at the same time reinforced the plot of the magnificent "little tragedy" by Alexander Pushkin.

  125. Derek responded on 21 May 2015 at 6:53pm Reply

    La boheme

  126. Carmen responded on 21 May 2015 at 7:07pm Reply

    La forza del destino in Jean de Florette. Beautiful, and builds that sense of impending doom

  127. Natalie Gettings responded on 21 May 2015 at 7:11pm Reply

    I almost feel I have to apologise but it is the Pretty Woman scene because, as much as I love classical music, it is actually her realisation when she hears it that it can mean only one thing - that her knight in shining armour is back. Who wouldn't want Richard Geer to rescue them!

  128. Tania Blythe responded on 21 May 2015 at 7:34pm Reply

    Rigoletto Verdi in Wall Street is a direct partnership of meaning through opera with a film scene and it works beautifully.

  129. Jo responded on 21 May 2015 at 8:31pm Reply

    When I was a kid my parents dragged my ungrateful self to see a few operas. I never appreciated it nor ever thought I would go to the opera myself when I was an adult. One evening in my late teens M. butterfly with Jeremy irons was the late night movie. While not particularly brilliant, the final scene set to One Fine Day moved me to tears and set me off on what would be a 12 year quest to see madam butterfly the opera. When I eventually did see it, I was just as moved and finally realised the power and beauty of opera that my poor parents had tried seemingly in vain to gift to me many years previously.

  130. R Williams responded on 21 May 2015 at 9:10pm Reply

    Ironically it is Sempre Libera from La Traviata in a scene from Priscilla Queen of the Desert when one of leads sits on top of the bus as it drives through the Australian desert. The beauty of the cinematography and the music fused with the overblown costumes and behaviour has a striking operatic quality.

  131. Lily Smith responded on 21 May 2015 at 9:24pm Reply

    Without a shadow of a doubt, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. What better way to convey the impending sense of doom and the tragedy about to strike those taking part in such an absurd conflict than choose a piece of opera featuring the mythical Valkyries? Perfection!

  132. Galina responded on 21 May 2015 at 9:38pm Reply

    My favourite is Bizet's Habanera from Carmen in "Up". This is when Karl is going down the stairs. I love it and the kids love it as well and sing along!

  133. Zuzanna responded on 21 May 2015 at 9:39pm Reply

    Werner Herzog's 'Fitzcaralldo' - the movie about a man intending to build an opera in the middle of a jungle. Outrageous movie about the passion for the opera exceeding the limits of rationality.

    No better movie as a tribute to the opera for me.

  134. Emma responded on 21 May 2015 at 10:21pm Reply

    Keebie You're my reason from Modigliani stands the hairs on the back of my neck up so moving.

  135. Film: Moonstruck

    La Boheme - Puccini

    I simply love the way this opera is used in this film! :-)

  136. Giuseppe Mallardo responded on 21 May 2015 at 11:55pm Reply

    I find the opening to Lars Von Triers film Antichrist with the aria Lascia ch’io pianga
    Profoundly accurate with the words and to the fate of the protagonists, the words
    Let me weep
    my cruel fate,
    and sigh for liberty.
    May sorrow break these chains
    Of my sufferings, for pity’s sake.

    Like Almirena, the female protagonist is also mourning her freedom and is trapped by the guilt of her son's death. She breaks her chains by harming her femininity, what gives life she has to destroy.

  137. Bonnie Callaghan responded on 22 May 2015 at 1:02am Reply

    La Traviata- Both the opera scene and final scene from Pretty Woman. Not only because Pretty Woman is a great film, but Traviata is my favourite opera, there isn't one note that I would change. The story of 'La Dame aux Camelias' is so beautiful, yet painfully sad, and if a short clip of the opera 'Traviata' used in a film spreads the story of Marie Duplessis, then surely it is a great film!

  138. Lupt Utama responded on 22 May 2015 at 8:02am Reply

    Franco Zeffirelli's 1982 film version of La Traviata starring Stratas and Domingo's opening scene and overture is possibly the most artistically intelligent interpretation on how to translate the much-loved and known opera into this new representation form, feature film. The scene which starts with the frail Violetta remembering her prosperous days and career of a courtesan sets the stage and mid-en-scène of the opera, an effetive way to convey story and guide the audience through images and psyche of the character. The flash back of Violetta's life through the reflection in the mirrors in her salon is a key interpretative tool through succesful soirée and dances. The costumes and art direction are a triump with realistic representational style combined with believable acting and amazing singing, this must be one of the most memorable moment of opera film, a new genre of operatic interpretation.

  139. Siobhan responded on 22 May 2015 at 10:26am Reply

    The climax of Woody Allen's 'Match Point' is a personal favourite. The film being propelled to its horrific haunting end by Otello and Iago's incredible duet from Verdi's Otello just shows that an operatic score is the perfect way to express the perfect murder.

  140. Jordan responded on 22 May 2015 at 11:35am Reply

    When Harvey Milk sees the opera tosca shortly before he dies in Milk and phones Scotty to say how much they should have shared the experience! Breaks me everytime

  141. David responded on 22 May 2015 at 11:53am Reply

    How about Vide Cor Meum from Hannibal?
    Such a contrast between beauty and evil

  142. bob taylor responded on 22 May 2015 at 11:53am Reply

    The use of 'Carmen' throughout the 1962 Tom & Jerry film, 'Carmen Get It'. Tom chases Jerry into the (then) brand new Metropolitan Opera House, where Carmen is being performed and the hijinks begin...

  143. Michael Franz responded on 22 May 2015 at 11:57am Reply

    In the film 'The Family Man' starring Nicolas Cage, there is a scene during which this high powered senior partner at an investment bank gets dressed for his day at work whilst reading the lyrics and learning to sing the lyrics to Verdi's ''La donna e mobile' from Rigoletto. This scene has always stuck with me. Not only because of this iconic piece of music, which has featured in cinema and television as well as brand adverts for years. Also because in this particular case, it signifies a song for the powerful man, for the businessman getting ready to do battle at his place of work, for the man who is psyching himself up for the struggles of the day ahead.

    It is still one of my favorite things to sing at the top of my lungs early in the morning whilst getting ready for work.

  144. Ian Blackaby responded on 22 May 2015 at 11:59am Reply

    Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana in "Diva". A film about corruption, false identity, sexual exploitation, the loss of inmocence, betrayal and murder. That's opera in a nutshell.

  145. Coppelia responded on 22 May 2015 at 3:11pm Reply

    who won??

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 22 May 2015 at 5:43pm

      Our winner was Sophie Holdaway, who picked Raging Bull for its use of Cavalleria rusticana - well done Sophie!

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  146. My favourite is La Traviata. It was the first opera I ever saw. I begged my mum to buy some tickets as I had seen it mentioned in a children's book I owned. Not only did she buy the ticket, she booked seats in the front row (we didn't have much money). I was utterly spellbound and fell in love with Opera. This was in New Zealand and now I live in London studying painting and I try and see as many operas as I can in the 'standing' seats. The Royal Opera House is my favourite place in London. xxx

  147. Olivia responded on 23 May 2015 at 10:14am Reply

    Which comment was the winner?

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